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Security passes to be issued online

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 17 December, 2022 12:00 AM
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Security passes to be issued online

The Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) is going to introduce a new pass policy for Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA) to strengthen the security system and make airport management more dynamic.

CAAB Chairman Air Vice Marshal M Mafidur Rahman said some 10,000 passes issued in the names of various individuals and organisations will be cancelled and no additional passes will be allotted as per the policy.

According to the policy, instead of the permanent pass, temporary passes will be issued in special cases.

"The pass policy is being digitised. Whoever wants will not be able to get passes in the future. The old 10,000 passes will be cancelled soon, and under the new policy, no one other than the designated persons will be allowed to enter the airport," he explained.

Mafidur Rahman also said many businessmen like to use VIP lounges and enjoy protocols at the airport. They will be able to get these facilities by paying a pre-fixed fee.

"We will maintain international standards in the whole system. There will be a difference between a temporary and permanent pass," the CAAB chairman said, adding that the new policy will be implemented to strengthen the security system and make the airport management more dynamic and modern.

Anyone seeking airport security passes can apply through an online portal called Aviation Security (Avsec ID). Individuals and organisations have to get registered through this portal to get the pass.

There are protocol passes for many people, including officials of public and private institutions, political leaders, and others, but incidents of misuse of these passes have increased in recent years.

Some of the protocol pass holders are also getting involved in various crimes, including smuggling at the airport. The new CAAB decision aims to prevent this misuse.

In December 2018, a person named Siraj, who was also a VIP passenger at the HSIA, was suspected by customs officials when he was carrying two bags through the green channel of the airport.            Siraj somehow managed to escape, but Dhaka Customs House recovered 16 kg of gold and 100 mobile phone sets from his bag. He was using a protocol pass after introducing himself as the protocol officer of the Ministry of Land.

An official at the HSIA, claiming not to be named, said, "Many pass holders are often seen coming to the airport for their personal purposes. Some of them serve passengers for money and get involved in smuggling. There are also cases of people buying alcohol from duty-free shops at the airport and selling it outside."